I know I’ve been talking about Pokemon a lot lately, but it is my favorite. And with the new games coming out, I just can’t seem to help myself.
Though I always end up talking about the main games. Here are my favorite spin-off games.
5. Pokemon Picross
This game is free on Nintendo’s 3DS eShop. I downloaded it the day it came out not understanding what it was. I knew it was a puzzle game and I like puzzles. I like Pokemon. I like free games. So why not?
It’s actually a fun puzzle game that’s pretty hard to explain. I don’t play it often, but I do enjoy it once in a while. My only problem with the game is that you earn “picrats” during the game. You need so many of them to unlock the next area. They don’t give you many when you complete a puzzle, so I haven’t been able to make it to the next area for months now.
4. Pokemon Rumble
There are four Rumble games: Rumble for the Wii, Rumble U for the Wii U, Rumble Blast and Rumble World both for the 3DS.
I have all of the games (except Rumble U, I believe) and I find them to be pretty fun. You play as toy Pokemon and battle through different areas. Some enemies become friends you can play as, some just faint. At the end there’s always a giant boss.
That’s about it for the game and it’s a weird concept, but it’s fun nonetheless.
3. My Pokemon Ranch
For the Wii, My Pokemon Ranch can connect with your Diamond or Pearl game and you can keep your Pokemon in the Ranch with the computer Mii, Hayley. That’s about it.
Hayley will trade Pokemon with you once in a while. Once you reach a certain amount of Pokemon in the Ranch, she’ll give you a Phione and Mew.
You really can’t do anything with the game, but the sprites are cute and it’s relaxing. I love having it on for background noise while I work.
2. Pokemon Conquest
Very similar to Fire Emblem, Pokemon Conquest is a fun game about taking over kingdoms with your Pokemon. Depending on which story you play, you get a certain set of Pokemon and battle other kingdoms recruiting new people therefore getting new Pokemon.
Once you beat the main story, you can play other stories. Each story is a bit redundant, but it’s a lot of fun.
1. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon
The Mystery Dungeon series started for the Gameboy Advance. That’s right. It’s been around for a long time. Red Rescue Team came out for the Gameboy Advance and its companion was the Blue Rescue Team for the Nintendo DS. Explorers of Time, Darkness, and Sky all came out later also for the DS. I remember playing Sky sitting at the library in college… I got a lot of work done there, as you can probably tell. Gates to Infinity came out a few years ago for the 3DS and most recently came Super Mystery Dungeon for the 3DS.
These games have mixed reviews, but I absolutely love them and could play them all the time. I can’t wait for them to come out with another one.
There are three other Mystery Dungeon games for the Wii, but they were only released in Japan. You can imagine how disappointed I was.
What are your favorite Pokemon spin-off games?